It’s swiftly approaching that time again where all the fantastically hip bands from around the world congregate in celebration of all that is wonderful in modern music. Consider it the independent music world’s Mecca – make your Hajj to Field Day and bask in the glory of all that is mighty in our era of music.

For this year’s festival they’ve invited a plethora of talent, and we’ve got a preview of some of our favourites here, along with a Spotify playlist!

On top of all that, here’s our pick of the top 10 lesser bands you should endeavour to see this year:


“First Lady Of Invada” Anika is a woman of many talents. On top of releasing a beautifully nonchalant debut last year, she’s also been a political journalist, and it was while she was travelling between Bristol and Berlin that she met Geoff Barrow of Portishead who took her into the studio with his side project Beak> and recorded this album. Think 99 records and No Wave, or think of Nico. Or listen to this cover of “Yang Yang” by Yoko Ono.

Chad Valley

If you’ve been following this site (as you should have been) you’ll know exactly how much we love Chad Valley, Master Of Synths. His 80’s twinged pop music could be confused for chillwave in a darkened room, but where chillwave sounds all bubbly and happy all the time, Chad Valley uses his midas touch and can have his songs tell a smorgasbord of emotions. If you like Cascine’s other output (Selebrities, Jensen Sportag, Shine 2009) you’ll love it.

Connan Mockasin

Psychadelia is severely underrepresented in the current musical world. Luckily we have this might of New Zealander talent to make up for it. Oddly on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy label (though it’s close to Alkans Beyond The Wizards Sleeve output), the Connan Mockasin album leaps from the sing along to the obscure to the sublimely ridiculous in the tradition of all psych music.


Don’t get fooled by the imagery, Creep aren’t witch house, they’re “Darkwave” according to Discogs, which I guess is a code for modern Goth. The aesthetics are there from Goth and Witch House, but the music is more of a haunted dubstep with vocals, courtesy of Romy from The xx on “Days”. It’s probably wrong to say it, but I’m going to put it out there, the Aziz & III remix of “Days” is better than the original.

Factory Floor

There are hundreds of words and ways to talk about Factory Floor, from their Joy Division days to their post punk leanings before getting remixed by Stephen Morris and Chris Carter, to having a member (Nik Void) working with the latter and with fellow Throbing Gristle alumni Cosey Fanny Tutti in Chris & Cosey performances to being described by Optimo Music as their ideal band. When it comes to them playing live though, the best way to describe them is loud. Unrelentingly so; it’s an unforgiving sound but one that’s undeniably addictive and overwhelmingly powerful. They’re one of the best live acts out there at the moment.


Don’t be put off by the fact they’re named after Valerie Solanis’ manifesto (presumably “for the lols”) or that one of them is the brother of Rhys from The Horrors, S.C.U.M have got their own interesting sound, which isn’t too dissimilar from Spacemen 3 or Stereolab. Amber Hands, their latest single, is a wall of sound affair with fighting synths and heady builds and ebbs , listen below.


If you like your Rock ‘n’ Roll music more 60’s and ginger, Spectrals is your man. Sounding not dissimilar to surf rock from the good ol’ days mixed with a bit of Jesus and Mary chain sans reverb, he makes music for being intoxicated with friends.

Star Slinger

Star Slinger (two words, not one or he gets angry) makes the fuzzy phasey dance music that makes you think of summer and happiness. If you cross Gold Panda’s glitch style with baleric disco and a reverb pedal, you get Star Slinger.


Britpop is dead, long live Britpop. Tribes make the infectious, hooky music that The Vaccines and Brother can only dream of making, at the same time being relatable and fun. There’s none of the pretence or arrogance that you get with the others, just lovely chant-able pop music that’s strikingly relatable. It’s music you wish you wrote when you were 16.

Visions Of Trees

Visions Of Trees are on Moshi Moshi, which should tell you a lot. The beautifully hip band make subtle, reverby music that’s at once infectiously listenable to and danceable to. Slightly R’n’B infected, it’s simply lovely music.

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